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There’s no question of falling behind in the frenetic market for true wireless headphones. A year after its previous model, Bang & Olufsen presents the Beoplay EQ, its new flagship with active noise reduction launched at €399.

With its E8 line of headphones, Bang & Olufsen was one of the first manufacturers to embark on the true wireless adventure. Four years later and after a third generation model launched in 2020, the Danish manufacturer is renewing its offer with the brand new Beoplay EQ.

Bang & Olufsen’s latest model is based on customer feedback. The Beoplay EQs have a new design, promised to be more ergonomic and comfortable, with a very careful finish, as part of the “premium” brand image. The robustness would also be in order thanks to the IP54 certification obtained by the headphones. The latter would thus be able to resist without flinching to water projections.

<!–[if IE 9]><!–[if IE 9]> Les Beoplay EQ sont livrés avec un câble de recharge USB-C et pas moins de cinq paires d’embouts : quatre en silicone de tailles différentes et une paire en mousse à mémoire de forme Comply Sport 200. © Bang & Olufsen

The Beoplay EQs come with a USB-C charging cable and no less than five pairs of eartips: four silicone ones in different sizes and one pair in Comply Sport 200 memory foam. © Bang & Olufsen


In terms of functionality, the Beoplay EQs are modelled on the manufacturer’s other flagship mobile headphones, the Beoplay HX. The so-called “adaptive” active noise reduction (six microphones and a dedicated DSP analyse the sound characteristics of the surrounding noise to adapt the performance of the noise reduction in almost real time) is therefore included. This combined with the“excellent” passive isolation, the headphones would be able to create a real sound bubble.

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Special attention has also been paid to call quality. The Beoplay EQ also communicate via Bluetooth 5.2 and are compatible with the aptX Adaptive codec and the Microsoft Swift Pair simplified pairing system. The trusty compagnon Bang & Olufsen is obviously present to configure the headphones. However, no mention of multipoint connection support.

<!–[if IE 9]><!–[if IE 9]> Le boîtier de transport/recharge en aluminium héberge un port USB-C et est compatible avec la recharge sans-fil Qi. L’autonomie est annoncée à 6 h 30 min par charge des écouteurs (avec ANC). Le boîtier offrirait deux recharges complètes supplémentaires. © Bang & Olufsen

The aluminum carrying/charging case houses a USB-C port and is compatible with Qi wireless charging. Battery life is claimed to be 6 hr 30 min per headphone charge (with ANC). The case reportedly offers two additional full charges. Bang & Olufsen

On the sound performance side, Bang & Olufsen doesn’t specifically go into detail, but promises a high-quality listening experience with “powerful and authentic sound”. The two 6.8mm drivers on board will have a tough job of delivering on this promise.

Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay EQ high-end headphones will be available on August 19, 2021 for €399 in Black and Sand Gold Tone finish.